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If You Listen, We Will Stay: Why Teachers of Color Leave and How to Disrupt Teacher Turnover

If You Listen, We Will Stay: Why Teachers of Color Leave and How to Disrupt Teacher Turnover
September 25, 2019

Studies consistently show that teachers of color matter for all students, and especially for students of color. Yet, the proportion of teachers of color in the workforce continues to lag far behind the share of students of color in our schools.  Recruiting teachers of color only gets them into the building. We must pay equal, if not more, attention to their retention to make long-lasting change in the diversity of the workforce. 

This is why Teach Plus and The Education Trust set out to learn why teachers of color are leaving schools, what teachers of color believe would help solve the turnover problem, and what strategies exist in schools and school systems that are intentionally working to bring about change.

"If You Listen, We Will Stay: Why Teachers of Color Leave and How to Disrupt Teacher Turnover," examines the challenges teachers of color face as they navigate the profession and zeroes in on the solutions adopted by schools working to retain faculty of color.

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